November-December 2011

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What Lay Beneath?

As I was sitting in my office looking out the window deciding what topic to write about, I watched the last leaves fall from the trees and I realized how similar this annual occurrence was to what was happening in the equity markets.

Turn On

An LED firm in Shelby Township trips the light fantastic.

Medical Oasis

Hospital groups throughout the region are transforming their business models to create, test, patent, and manufacture the next generation of drugs, therapies, and diagnostic tools. So what’s the side effect? More jobs.

The Little Engine That Could

Like Kermit the Frog, modern diesel engines are finding it's not easy being green. But that could soon change.

March On

How one firm broke from the single-industry cycle.

Fixing The Foreclosure Crisis

Although residential mortgage foreclosures have wreaked havoc on many communities in metro Detroit and Michigan, efforts to stem the damage and boost property values are under way. But do the relief programs go far enough?

Commentary

Enhance the Brand

During a recession, consumers value brands more than any other time, even as they move to buy less expensive goods.

Kathy Myers

Director of Business Development, Conlin Travel, Ann Arbor

Captain of Industry

Eber Brock Ward, Detroit’s first industrialist and first multimillionaire, had an early hand in steelmaking, railroads, lumber, ships, and bridges until lower-cost competitors prevailed.

Capitol Gains

The Snyder administration and the Michigan Legislature have made great strides to improve Michigan’s business climate, but there’s more work to be done.

Freight Forward

An enhanced global freight hub in Detroit would generate billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs.

Delay, Deny, Defend

Do automobile insurance firms operating in Michigan put profits ahead of policyholders by aggressively challenging no-fault accident claims in court or offering low settlement offers, thereby saving millions of dollars in potential payouts? Yes, say accident victims, lawyers, and insurance advocacy experts.

2011 Detroit Regional Chamber Holiday Reception

On Dec. 20, the Detroit Regional Chamber held its Annual Meeting and Holiday Networking Reception at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. More than 800 people attended the event. Photos by Patrick Gloria

Nationally Accredited Compounding Pharmacy Expands to Canton

Health Dimensions Pharmacy opens new Canton location, providing Southeast Michigan access to conventional medicine and alternative compounded therapies.

Huron Capital Creates Apparel Accessories Platform

Recapitalization of fashion athletic sock and accessories business is 11th deal for Huron in 2011.

Consumers Energy Engages Campbell Ewald for Customer Engagement Initiative

Campbell Ewald to increase awareness and understanding of the brand.

North American International Auto Show Expands Footprint, Social Media Outreach

The North American International Auto Show 2012 has expanded its footprint inside Cobo Center and its outreach into the social media sphere as it prepares to open for Press Preview, Jan. 9-10, 2012.

Vicari/Celani 2011 Holiday Party at Andiamo Bloomfield

It was a festive evening on Dec. 19 when more than 80 guests gathered at Andiamo Bloomfield for a holiday party hosted by Joe Vicari, CEO of Andiamo Restaurant Group in Warren, and Tom Celani, principal of Luna Enterprises in Novi.

Strategic Staffing Solutions 2011 Holiday Party

The Detroit Athletic Club played host for Strategic Staffing Solutions' 2011 Holiday Party on December 15, which was attended by more than 300 guests. The evening included a strolling dinner, Christmas cheer, live entertainment, and a gourmet dessert station.

Moheeb H. Murray Named Partner at Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC

Bush Seyferth & Paige PLLC, a leading boutique litigation firm in Troy, is pleased to announce that it has made Moheeb H. Murray a partner.

Altair Engineering Opens High-Powered Data Center to Support Cloud-Based HyperWorks On-Demand

New center in Troy, Mich., will manage large-scale high-performance computing jobs for customers.

Talmer Bancorp Completes Merger with Lake Shore Wisconsin Corporation

Talmer Bancorp, Inc., parent company of Talmer Bank and Trust, today announced that it has successfully completed its merger with Lake Shore Wisconsin Corporation.

North American Bancard Launches Free Open SDK for Apple iOS

Pay Anywhere mobile payment platform now available for third-party developers.

Walsh College Announces New Chief Academic Officer, Executive Vice President

Walsh College President and CEO Stephanie Bergeron today announced the appointment of David Shields, Ph.D., as executive vice president and chief academic officer, effective Jan. 2, 2012.

Linda Kinau Treat Named Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Strategy for Palace Sports & Entertainment

Lucinda Kinau Treat has joined Palace Sports & Entertainment, LLC as Executive Vice President, Business Operations and Strategy, effective Wednesday, November 30 2011.

Noble Cause: Crush Benefactor Dinner

The Crush Benefactor Dinner hosted by Tom and Vicki Celani raised funds for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

30 in Their Thirties 2011

DBusiness celebrates the top regional business leaders for the 2011, "30 in Their Thirties" at the Planterra showroom on October 6, 2011.

Fine Wine: Frescobaldi Wines at Bacco

Bacco Ristorante in Southfield hosted a gourmet dinner featuring selections from The Marchesi de Frescobaldi, one of Italy's oldest wineries. Extending through 30 generations

High Seas: Joe Muer Opening

An inside view of the rebirth of the new Joe Muer Seafood restaurant at the pre-grand opening event. Built from the remnants of Detroit's memories in the Renaissance Center, and still features original menu items .

Karmanos at Ford Field

Celebrating the philanthropic legacy of the 18th Annual Partners Night at Ford Field, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute also hosted The Field of Detroit golf tournament.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and St. John Providence Partner on Outcome-Based Hospital Payment Model

First health system in Michigan to commit to performance-based reimbursement; The Physician Alliance also a key partner.

Plans Unveiled for Annual Michigan Growth Capital Symposium

2012 event will continue to foster the midwest's burgeoning innovation and investment communities.

Page Named Chairman of Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation

David K. Page, Partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, has been named chairman of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) Foundation Board of Trustees.

U-M's Ross School of Business Partners with MSU's Broad College of Business to Launch Michigan Entrepreneurship Education Leaders Forum

University Entrepreneurial Programs from Across Michigan Join Forces to Foster a Culture of Entrepreneurship Among Students, Regional Business Community.

OnSite Energy Announces Partnership with Michigan State University Extension's Freeway to Fuels Project

In an effort to GO GREEN, OnSite Energy is announces a partnership with Michigan State University Extension's Freeway to Fuels project.

Going Mobile — Discounts By Phone

Two brothers take smart phone apps to the bank, literally, with Mobibo.

DBusiness Top Lawyers Party 2011

The region’s finest barristers attended the second annual Top Lawyers reception, hosted by DBusiness magazine, on Dec. 1 at 24 Grille inside the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. More than 300 guests enjoyed strolling hors d'oeuvres and plenty of good cheer.

Revived Plants Among $1.2 Billion in New Investments for State

Dozens of employment projects are expected to generate more than 7,000 jobs across Michigan.

Ford Environment and Safety Chief Sue Cischke Retires After A 35-Year Career

Cischke will be succeeded by Robert Brown, the current vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering for Ford of Europe.

Goodwill and Judge Group Help Unemployed Use Social Media to Find Jobs

Dozens of Goodwill clients seeking employment are expected to attend the first “Job Technology Workshop” Dec. 13 in Detroit.

Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball 2011

More than 900 guests attended the Henry Ford Hospital Grand Ball on Dec. 10 at the MGM Grand Detroit. The black tie affair included a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner, and live entertainment. The evening included awards for Fredrick A. Hessler and the late Sophie Melneck.

A Wine Brokers Holiday Tradition

More than 60 guests gathered for Wine Brokers' Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 9 at a private home in Milford Township. The event included plenty of good cheer, a strolling dinner, dessert table, and live entertainment by Doug Cassens and Dan Veleen.

Small Business Growth Program in Livonia to Start in January

The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC) will present Venture Forward, starting January 20 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, to help the existing business owners looking to grow.

Troy's X-Ray Industries Acquires Fla-based Testing Company

Company invests in expanding carbon fiber component inspection capability.

Village of Milford Installs 6 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Village of Milford now offers access to six charging stations at no charge to users. The stations are located in the East and West public parking lots in the center of the downtown district.

Ford Board of Directors Reinstates Quarterly Stock Dividend

The Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company today declared a quarterly dividend of 5 cents per share.

MyInsuranceExpert.com Recognized As One of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation, Credits Commitment to Core Values

MyInsuranceExpert.com, one of the 10 largest direct marketers of life insurance in the nation, announced it was named one of the "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in the nation for 2011.

Bloomfield Hills Attorney Appointed to State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee

David H. Fink, managing partner of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based Fink + Associates Law, was recently appointed to the State Bar of Michigan’s Judicial Qualifications Committee.

CAR Releases New Report on Repurposing Former Auto Manufacturing Sites

Almost half of closed former automaker sites have transitioned to new, productive uses.

Heritage Private Wealth Holiday Party

On December 6, Heritage Private Wealth hosted a holiday party at Churchill's Cigar Bar (both businesses based in West Bloomfield). Guests were treated to fine cigars, a strolling dinner by Ginopolis' Bar-B-Q Smokehouse in Farmington Hills, and plenty of good cheer.

Baker Tilly Continues to Expand Resources

The recent addition of six new staff members helps the firm meet the ever-changing needs of its clients and the Michigan business community.

Ford Grows Best-Selling Commercial Vehicle Lineup with New Products

Ford Motor Company, the best-selling commercial vehicle manufacturer in the U.S., will grow its product lineup in 2012 to meet the rapidly changing needs of its commercial customers.

Attorneys Title Agency Acquires Pinnacle Title Agency

Transaction expands Agency’s West Michigan presence.

MGM Grand Detroit Earns Three Forbes Travel Guide Honors

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, today unveiled its 54th annual listing of 539 Five-Star and Four-Star hospitality establishments worldwide.

Business Leaders for Michigan Creates First Michigan Ambassador Program

Global executives with strong Michigan ties engaged to help turn state around.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan Honored For Innovative Programs That Use Patient Data And Outcomes To Improve The Quality Of Care

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), in collaboration with the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy, recognized Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) with theBlueWorks® award for two programs that address surgical healthcare quality and outcomes for patients.

Concours d’Elegance Will Feature Pioneer Car Class

Concours Car Selection Chair, Brian Joseph announced the debut class, Pioneer Cars pre-1900.

2011 Conway MacKenzie Holiday Party

More than 100 guests enjoyed a seafood ice sculpture tower, roasted pig, rack of lamb, multiple Italian dishes, and gourmet desserts on Dec. 5 at Bacco Ristorante in Southfield. The holiday affair was hosted by Conway MacKenzie, a turnaround and crisis management firm in downtown Birmingham.

Dickinson Wright, PLLC Enters Into Referral Agreement With Peru Gaming Law Firm

Dickinson Wright and Peruvian law firm Varela & Fonseca Abogados, headed by gaming attorneys Jaime Varela Vidal and Carlos A. Fonseca Sarmiento, announce that they have entered into a strategic referral arrangement to provide comprehensive legal services to their respective clients.

Urban Science Growth Leads to $10 Million Office Expansion and Renovation in the Renaissance Center

Urban Science, a $125 million automotive retail consulting firm based in Detroit, announced its move to a larger and completely renovated 100,000-square-foot space at 400 Renaissance Center to accommodate its growing business and work force.

Entergy to Divest and Merge Electric Transmission Business Into Nivi-based ITC Holdings

Entergy Corporation and ITC Holdings Corp. today announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have approved a definitive agreement under which Entergy will divest and then merge its electric transmission business into ITC.

Strategic Staffing Solutions Expands U.S. Operations with Hartford Branch

Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), the Detroit-based global information technology and business services company, has opened its 24th branch location, in Hartford, Connecticut.

The 2011 Annual Kidney Ball

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan hosted its 7th Annual Kidney Ball Dec. 3 at the MGM Grand Detroit. More than $500,000 was raised and 700 guests attended the event and enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a silent and live auction, and live entertainment by the Jerry Ross Band. Event proceeds benefited the NKFM’s programs and services that help over 900,000 Michigan residents living with chronic kidney disease.

22nd Annual Fiesta Hispana Gala

More than 600 guests attended Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Fiesta Hispana Annual Gala Dec. 2 at The Henry in Dearborn. At the event, Chrysler Foundation announced that it will provide a $50,000 grant to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation's largest provider of college financial aid for Latino students.

Driving America, The World's Premier Automotive Exhibition, To Open January 2012 at The Henry Ford

Driving America, a brand new, one-of-a-kind automotive experience at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan will open to the public January 29, 2012.

Snyder urges better alignment of talent with current, future career opportunities

Michigan must better align the talent of its people with the needs of job providers to ensure success in the new economy, Gov. Rick Snyder said today.

Chrysler Group LLC Reports November 2011 U.S. Sales Increased 45 Percent

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 107,172, a 45 percent increase compared with sales in November 2010 (74,152 units), and the best year-over-year sales gain this year.

International Soccer Match Tournament Coming to Metro Detroit in February featuring teams from Mexico, Argentina and Hungary

AmeriSoccer USA, LLC and Silverdome operators are 
pleased to announce it will host an invitational International Soccer 
Tournament at the Pontiac Silverdome on February 4 & 6, 2012.

American Axle & Manufacturing Announces Expanded JV with JAC Group Subsidiary in China

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM) today announced the expansion of its existing joint venture with Hefei Automobile Axle Co., Ltd. (HAAC).

Focus: HOPE will continue programs with help of MEDC grant

Detroit-based Focus: HOPE will receive a one-time $1 million transitional grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to continue the operations of some of its programs.

March of Dimes City Loft Event

Somerset Collection's City Loft hosted an evening of shopping to benefit March of Dimes Nov. 30 at their store in Detroit. The event featured wine, hors d'oeuvres, and live music. Ten percent of the evening's sales went directly to March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Showtime Starring The Scintas

The Ambassador Club of Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals hosted its annual fundraiser Sept. 21 at Penna’s of Sterling. “Showtime Starring The Scintas,” presented by Fifth-Third Bank, featured a show and dinner, with proceeds benefiting the Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinic and Continuous EEG Monitoring System.

Opa! A Restaurant Venture Takes Off

Two local brothers of Greek heritage plan to light up the fast-casual dining industry.

1-800-HANSONS Wins 2011 Replacement Contractor of the Year Award From Replacement Contractor Magazine

Annual award goes to 1-800-Hansons for growth, longevity, ethics, and customer satisfaction.

TRW Unveils New Generation of Adaptive Airbags to Help Protect Passengers

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., the global leader in automotive safety systems, today announced its next generation of adaptive frontal passenger airbags.

BorgWarner Agrees to Sell Tire Pressure Monitoring Business to Huf Electronics

BorgWarner has agreed to sell its tire pressure monitoring business to Huf Electronics GmbH.

Visteon Signs MOU to Sell Majority of Consolidated Interiors Business to Chinese JV

Visteon Corporation and Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. announced today that the companies' existing China joint venture, Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems, Co. Ltd. (YFV) and Visteon have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Corporate Fleet Services Works to Increase Employment

America's Thanksgiving Parade 2011

Crowds lined Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit on Nov. 24 for the 85th America’s Thanksgiving Parade, one of the nation's largest parades. This year's theme, chosen by The Parade Company, was "So Much To Believe In," and featured The Distinguished Clown Corps, the Big Head Corps., floats, balloons, and marching bands. The parade began at 9:05 a.m. on Woodward Avenue and Mack and ended at Woodward Avenue and Congress.

Happy First Birthday to Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit’s Flagship Upscale Resale Store in Canton, Mich.

Goodwill celebrates successful first year of “shopping for jobs” in Canton by offering free merchandise via Facebook and Twitter and in-store deals throughout December.

Smart Cover-Compatible iPad Case Announces Partnership with Apple-Certified Retailer for Product Availability

US-made SofShell, which reduces drop shock on iPad by 43 percent and offers super anti-slip protection, will be available at four locally-owned MacExperience stores in Indiana.

Southeast Michigan Wins Funding for Advanced Energy Initiative

State and federal officials today announced a $2.1 million federal grant for a collaborative effort to create new jobs and technologies related to the rapidly emerging advanced energy storage system (AESS) in Southeast Michigan.

Turner Gives Back to the Community

On Nov. 27, Turner employees, families and friends gathered in Dearborn to volunteer and assist the Michigan-based charity wrap and package trees.

Perrigo Receives Final FDA Approval for Store Brand Equivalent to Generic Version of Mucinex

Perrigo Company today announced that it received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Guaifenesin Extended-Release Tablets, 600 mg.

North American International Auto Show Adds European Industry Executive to Team

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) today announced that it has named to its team former director of the Frankfurt International Motor Show, Dr. Kunibert Schmidt.

Kirkpatrick & Company Announces Investment in Carstin Brands

Kirkpatrick & Company is pleased to announce its third investment over the past six months.

Sixth Annual Golden Cedar Awards

Many prominent national figures converged on Birmingham Nov. 22 to ‘Celebrate Friends of Lebanon’ when the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce held its Sixth Annual Golden Cedar Awards Gala Spectacular at Zazio's in the Greenleaf Trust Centre Building.

Henry Ford Health System Receives Prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Henry Ford Health System has been named a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, one of the most prestigious national awards for performance excellence.

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Appoint New Leadership

Presbyterian Villages of Michigan announced new staff appointments.

Masco Names Keith Allman Group President

Masco Corporation announced Keith Allman has been promoted to Group President for Masco Corporation effective immediately.

The Battery Show sees success in metro Detroit, plans 2012 expansion

The Battery Show announced today that it will return to metro Detroit Nov. 13-15, 2012.

TRW to Open New Braking Plant in Mexico

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., the global leader in automotive safety systems, will open a new facility in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, to produce a range of advanced brake systems.

Parade Company VIP Pancake Breakfast

The Parade Company kicked-off the holiday season with its annual VIP Pancake breakfast on Nov. 4 at the Parade Studio in Detroit. Parade sponsors, media, and business and community leaders came out to celebrate the event featuring celebrity flapjack flippers showcasing their cooking skills. Paul W. Smith broadcasted his WJR morning show live from the breakfast.

Patterson Names Director of Economic Development & Community Affairs

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Irene Spanos as Director of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

Record Number of Student-Run Ventures Moves into TechArb

A record 19 new companies founded by young University of Michigan entrepreneurs will share space in the TechArb student business incubator for the next six months.

Chrysler Group Appoints Timothy Kuniskis Head of Fiat Brand for North America

Chrysler Group LLC today named Timothy Kuniskis Head of the Fiat Brand for North America.

Used Commercial Vehicle Registrations Hit Record Levels, According to Polk

Used commercial vehicle registrations in the U.S. during the first three quarters of 2011 reached record levels at 649,900 units, according to Polk, the recognized leader in data-driven solutions for the commercial vehicle industry.

SmithGroup and JJR Join Brands to Become a Single, Multi-disciplinary Company

SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading architecture, engineering and planning firms, today becomes SmithGroupJJR.
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Business Features

Turn On

An LED firm in Shelby Township trips the light fantastic.

March On

How one firm broke from the single-industry cycle.

Fixing The Foreclosure Crisis

Although residential mortgage foreclosures have wreaked havoc on many communities in metro Detroit and Michigan, efforts to stem the damage and boost property values are under way. But do the relief programs go far enough?

Capitol Gains

The Snyder administration and the Michigan Legislature have made great strides to improve Michigan’s business climate, but there’s more work to be done.

Freight Forward

An enhanced global freight hub in Detroit would generate billions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs.

Delay, Deny, Defend

Do automobile insurance firms operating in Michigan put profits ahead of policyholders by aggressively challenging no-fault accident claims in court or offering low settlement offers, thereby saving millions of dollars in potential payouts? Yes, say accident victims, lawyers, and insurance advocacy experts.
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From the Magazine

The Little Engine That Could

Like Kermit the Frog, modern diesel engines are finding it's not easy being green. But that could soon change.

Enhance the Brand

During a recession, consumers value brands more than any other time, even as they move to buy less expensive goods.

Captain of Industry

Eber Brock Ward, Detroit’s first industrialist and first multimillionaire, had an early hand in steelmaking, railroads, lumber, ships, and bridges until lower-cost competitors prevailed.
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